Sierra Meadows Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring

Sierra Meadows Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring

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Project Goal:

Develop and implement the first Sierra Meadows Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring Plan (SM-WRAMP). The SM-WRAMP will provide an authoritative and collaborative approach to monitoring meadow conditions pre- and post-restoration.

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Project Funders

Kern Community Foundation
Wildlife Conservation Board

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Project Description

Sierra Nevada headwaters provide roughly 60% of California’s domestic water supplies and are home to the majority of California’s inland native trout species. Meadows in the region add resiliency to the hydrologic and ecological processes that sustain the headwaters of several major California water sources. However, nearly 50% of meadows in the area have been degraded primarily due to human activity. By considering both climate restoration and source water protection, this project addresses two of the most important threats to California salmonids.

In summer 2020, CalTrout and colleagues piloted the Sierra Meadow Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring Plan (SM-WRAMP) at Horse Meadow in the Sequoia National Forest. The SM-WRAMP provides standardized monitoring protocols needed by land managers to determine restoration needs, evaluate restoration efficacy, and inform adaptive management actions. Protocols were optimized and are now ready for implementation in the spring 2021. The goal in implementing the SM-WRAMP is to accelerate our understanding of meadow restoration benefits and allow us to better quantify and articulate the ecosystem services provided by healthy meadows to all beneficiaries.

Project Partners:

California Tahoe Conservancy
Trust for Public Lands
Sierra Foothills Conservancy
US Fish & Wildlife Service
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
Feather River Land Trust
Point Blue Conservation
Sierra Fund
South Yuba River Citizens League
CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
US Forest Service
Stillwater Sciences
Institute for Bird Populations
University of Nevada, Reno
UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
UC Merced
American Rivers
Plumas Corps
Truckee River Watershed Council
Trout Unlimited
The Nature Conservancy
Todd Sloat Biological Consulting
Sabra Purdy Consulting
National Forest Foundation